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Definition illegal
  • Too many people die from unregulated, illicit drugs.
illicit = illegal
  • When import taxes are too high, illicit trade increases.
  • illicit = illegal
  • Over the years Puller had seen just about every type of illicit drug there was.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • illicit = illegal
  • My heart speeds up like I'm doing something illicit.
    Nicola Yoon  --  Everything, Everything
  • illicit = illegal
  • This had happened the previous Saturday night near Lake Chatulla, in an area of a state park where illicit behavior was known to be common.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • illicit = illegal or improper
  • There was a police car in the high-school parking lot—on the lookout for vandals, I suppose, or else to prevent the high-school students from using the parking lot and the athletic fields for illicit purposes at night.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • illicit = illegal or improper
  • Unorthodox cooking, illicit cooking.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • illicit = improper
  • The verb Inspector Supervisor Skaaiat used implied that it hadn't been an approved, Medical-mediated suicide but something illicit and messy.
    Ann Leckie  --  Ancillary Justice
  • illicit = illegal
  • Another bottle of illicit alcohol.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • illicit = illegal
  • He began to suspect that his friends might indeed be correct in believing that Holmes and Julia were engaged in an illicit affair.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • illicit = improper
  • You do receive illicit love letters, Count?
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • illicit = improper
  • That made it sound like I was sneaking around having illicit sexual liaisons with voluptuous Italian women.
    Jesse Andrews  --  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • illicit = improper
  • There was bribery, favoritism, and racketeering of every kind, there was homosexuality and prostitution, there was even illicit alcohol distilled from potatoes.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • illicit = illegal
  • Lately, he'd been keeping an eye on ISIS's involvement in the illicit antiquities trade, which is why he requested a crash meeting the day after the bomb exploded in Paris.
    Daniel Silva  --  The Black Widow
  • illicit = illegal
  • It ought to have felt exhilarating, but the girl's eyes had teared up and her face was drooping, and what satisfaction Mariam found from this outburst felt meager, somehow illicit.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • illicit = improper
  • His fingers, at her waist, seemed to have become abnormally and dangerously sensitive, and he prayed that his face did not show the enormous, illicit pleasure which entered him through his fingertips.
    James Baldwin  --  Another Country
  • illicit = improper
  • In Genevieve's time and before, it had been a grand thoroughfare of upscale shops and restaurants, but the wealthy and privileged gradually moved elsewhere as the surrounding streets became havens for looter gangs, imagination-stimulant manufacturers, and Wonderlanders engaged in other illicit but profitable employment.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • illicit = illegal
  • Young Jose Trevino was the product of an illicit love affair between the elder Jose Trevino and a beautiful Negress.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • illicit = contrary to law or accepted morality
  • For this to succeed, Tita must agree to give up having an illicit child.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • illicit = contrary to law or accepted morality
  • Or didn't you have an illicit child?
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
illicit = contrary to law or accepted morality

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